Los Angeles, CA, June 26, 2014: The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) hosted its 29th annual Film Television Music Awards yesterday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. The invitation-only dinner and awards ceremony paid special tribute to Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman, and honored composers of the top box office film music, the most performed television music and the top video game music of 2013.
KCRW host and music supervisor Liza Richardson presented the inaugural ASCAP Shirley Walker Award to Emmy Award-winning composing duo Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman (a.k.a. Wendy Lisa). The Shirley Walker Award honors those whose achievements have contributed to the diversity of film and television music. Walker, an ASCAP member, was one of the first prominent female composers working in film and television. She is remembered as a pioneer for women in the film industry.
ASCAP also bestowed its inaugural Composers’ Choice Awards at the ceremony. For the first time in ASCAP awards show history, the performing rights organization opened up the voting process to all ASCAP writer members. During the voting process, participating ASCAP writers selected a favorite ASCAP film score and TV composer of 2013 from the nominees in two categories. Emmy-winning, Oscar-nominated composer John Debney presented the Composers’ Choice Award for Best ASCAP Film Score of 2013 to Steven Price, for his score from Gravity. Price, who was unable to attend the event, accepted his award via pre-taped video. 19-time Emmy-nominated composer Mark Snow presented the Composers’ Choice Award for Best ASCAP TV Composer of 2013 to Bear McCreary and Dave Porter, who tied for the honor.
Performances of the evening included Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies, who performed his winning theme from The Big Bang Theory; a string quartet playing music from Garry Schyman‘s Top Video Game Score-winning music to BioShock Infinite; and a house band led by Kevin Teasley and featuring vocalist Crystal Starr, who performed a selection of Oscar-winning ASCAP songs from across film music history – including a rendition of “Moon River,” performed with flutist Sara Andon.
The evening also featured a video retrospective of ASCAP film composers and their iconic scores from across ASCAP’s first century as the world’s leading performing rights organization.
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